NEW CITY – A volunteer firefighter has been accused of stealing $37,932 from the Spring Valley Fire Department, Rockland County District Attorney Tom Walsh announced Friday.
Walsh said any funds donated to either the Spring Valley Fire Department or the department’s Columbian Engine Company related to the tragic death of firefighter Jared Lloyd in the March 23 fire at the Evergreen Court Home For Adults were not touched and were unrelated to this investigation.
The accused firefighter, Christopher Nau, is alleged to have stolen $32,033 from the Spring Valley Fire Department, for which he served as assistant treasurer, and $5,899 from the Columbian Engine Company, for which he was treasurer.
Nau was indicted on four counts of third-degree grand larceny and one count of attempted third-degree grand larceny, both felonies, related to the misuse of his role in each organization, Walsh said.
Nau could not immediately be reached for comment.
According to Walsh, in June of 2020, the Spring Valley Fire Department elected a new chief, Ken Conjura, who appointed a new treasurer and began a full audit of the department. After finding questionable transactions and discrepancies in the treasurer reports, the department brought those findings to authorities.
Walsh’s office then began a thorough investigation in the fall of 2020. That investigation analyzed transactions related to various department accounts between Jan. 3, 2016 and February of 2021.